Fans have an opportunity to attend the Liverpool premiere of the highly anticipated second series of the popular BBC drama “Time”.
Told from the perspectives of three distinctly different inmates, the three-part second series offers a poignant and high-stakes portrayal of life inside a women’s prison. Upon arrival at Carlingford Prison on the same day, Kelsey (Bella Ramsey), Orla (Jodie Whittaker), and Abi (Tamara Lawrance) find themselves thrust into an unfamiliar world.
Esteemed writer and proud Liverpudlian, Jimmy McGovern, will be among the attendees at this exclusive screening, along with key cast and creatives.
The red carpet event, scheduled for Tuesday 17 October, will feature a preview of the first episode, ahead of its broadcast on BBC One and BBC iPlayer later in the Autumn, followed by a Q&A session.
Television productions like “Time”, set and produced in the Liverpool City Region, exemplify the BBC’s strategy spanning the UK. This entails relocating creative expenditure and decision-making to better mirror, represent, and serve all regions of the country, ensuring that every household derives value from the BBC.
Two years after initiating this transformative plan, the BBC is ahead of schedule in surpassing its commitment to allocate 60% of Network TV commissioning funds outside of London by the next Charter in 2027.
The BBC is organising this event specifically for audiences in and around Merseyside, to celebrate this locally-produced drama. To apply for tickets to attend this free event at St George’s Hall in Liverpool, visit the BBC Shows and Tours website.
The series is co-written by McGovern (known for “Broken”, “Cracker”, “The Street”) and Helen Black, the writer behind the BAFTA-nominated “Life and Death in the Warehouse”. It is directed by Andrea Harkin (“The Confessions of Frannie Langton”, “The Trial Of Christine Keeler”).
The post-screening Q&A will be hosted by BBC Radio Merseyside presenter Ngunan Adamu, and will feature key cast and creatives.
Kate Squire, Head of the BBC in the North West says: “The BBC is proud to present extraordinary drama and content from Liverpool – and of all the places our audiences live and love.
“This is a testament to the investment in and partnerships between BBC Studios, the exceptional talent of Jimmy McGovern and creative organisations in and around Liverpool. We are serious about the development of world-class talent and bold storytelling in every part of the UK.”
Jimmy McGovern says: “Absolutely delighted to be holding this event in my home town. Please come. It really is worth watching.”
Helen Black says: “It is exciting and truly fitting that the first screening of this season of Time will be held in Jimmy’s home city of Liverpool.”
The initial instalment of “Time” was a tremendous success for the BBC, attracting an average of 11.6 million viewers over its three-episode run (30-day BBC all-screens data). The series, featuring Sean Bean and Stephen Graham, received the 2022 BAFTA Television award for best mini-series.
“Time” series two (3×60’) is a BBC Studios production for the BBC, co-produced with BritBox North America. As with the first series, additional funding and support were provided by the Liverpool Film Office through its Liverpool City Region Production Fund. Filming occurred in and around Liverpool. Global distribution will be handled by BBC Studios.
The series is produced by Mark Hedges (known for “Hanna” and “The Rising”), with executive producers Priscilla Parish, Michael Parke, and Andrew Morrissey for BBC Studios, Lucy Richer for the BBC, Reemah Sakaan and Stephen Nye for BritBox North America, and Jimmy McGovern.